WNY Regional Peer Conference Call for Presenters

“Peers Promoting Wellness and Recovery Across the Lifespan”

WNY Regional Peer Conference
Saturday, June 21, 2014 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Butler Rehabilitation Center at Buffalo Psychiatric Center
400 Forest Ave., Buffalo, NY 14213

Call for Presenters

Deadline for submission: April 18, 2014

We are seeking dynamic, engaging, passionate people to offer workshops related to our theme of “Peers Promoting Wellness and Recovery Across the Lifespan.”

What is a Peer? One who has lived experience in receiving mental health services.

What is Peer Support? Receiving mutual support from someone who has similar experiences. People with similar experience may be able to listen and give hope and guidance toward recovery in a way that is different and just as valuable as professional services.


A Two Track Program

Track 1: “Welcome to the Peer Movement” For peers just getting started…

Track 2: “Peers as Effective Leaders” For experienced peers seeking to assume leadership roles…

Suggested topics include but are not limited to: History of the Peer Movement, Community Based Services, Self Empowerment, Advocacy, Wellness and Recovery, Leadership Skills and Leadership Roles, Working and Benefits Awareness, Staying Healthy While Working, The Role of Peers in Medicaid Managed Care, Dangers of Co-optation, Exploring Partnerships, Youth in Transition.

Target Audience: Mental health peers, families, providers and the community at large.

Length of Workshop Session: 35-40 minutes plus time for Qs and As; maximum 60 minutes.

All submitters will be notified of acceptance or regret by May 5, 2014.

Please submit the requested “Call for Presenter Information” on following pages by April 18 to:

Michelle Scheib
Restoration Society Inc.
66 Englewood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 832-2141, Ext 21
FAX: 716-832-0021